2012 Contest Winners

Poetry Winner: Renee Ashley, Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea

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Renée Ashley lives in northern New Jersey and teaches in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators programs. She’s the author of four previous collections of poetry (Salt — Brittingham Prize in Poetry, Univ. of Wisconsin Press; The Various Reasons of Light; The Revisionist’s Dream; and Basic Heart — X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, Texas Review Press) as well as two chapbooks (The Museum of Lost Wings — Hill-Stead Museum and The Verbs of Desiring — new american press) and a novel (Someplace Like This.).  A portion of her poem “First Book of the Moon” is etched in marble in Penn Station Terminal in Manhattan, part of a permanent installation by the artist Larry Kirkland. She has received fellowships in both poetry and prose from New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment of the Arts. More at her website.

Fiction: Wendell Mayo, The Cucumber King of Kedainiai

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Wendell Mayo is author of two story collections, Centaur of the North and B. Horror and Other Stories, as well as a novel-in-stories, In Lithuanian Wood, which appeared in Lithuanian translation as Vilko Valanda with Mintis Press in Vilnius. He’s recipient of an NEA, a Fulbright to Lithuania, and has served as a lecturer and program director for the American Professional Partnership for Lithuanian Education. Over one hundred of his stories have appeared in Chicago Review, Yale Review, Harvard Review, Manoa, Missouri Review, Prism International and others. He teaches in the MFA/BFA program at Bowling Green State University.


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